Category: Advent 2020

From Utter Hopelessness – To Blessed Hope Realized

Christmas Day 2020 by Rev. Dana Zartman “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” ~ Proverbs 13:12 1st Century Palestine: Political wasteland, Spiritual wasteland, no reason to live; no purpose in death.  “GOD, we are Your remnant, where are You?” 21st Century America: Political wasteland, Spiritual wasteland, …

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You’ll Never Walk Alone

As we come to the conclusion of the Advent season FCC has an additional devotional to share. As a special supplement, Cheryl Clark offers a revision of a popular piece of music that compliments this year’s devotional theme of “You are, I am, We are Never Alone” this holiday season and beyond. You’ll Never Walk …

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Christmas Candles

Thursday, December 24, 2020 submitted by Kathy Cutright Jolly Christmas candles Twinkling on the tree, Lighting children’s faces With their dreams of things to be. Slender, solemn tapers Spreading altar light, Burning in the churches On this holy Christmas night. Flickering, stubby candles Bravely struggling on, Trying to convince the world That goodness isn’t gone. …

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Won’t Be Easy

Wednesday, December 23, 2020 by Rev. Mark B. Parkinson “And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.’” ~ Mark 16:15 Jesus spent three years moving about in the region of Galilee; teaching, healing, and caring for those in need. Following His crucifixion, death, and …

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Advent – Christ’s Birth

Tuesday, December 22, 2020 by Alma Titus   O Holy Night When Christ Was Born! God gave us one “special” gift, His Son, Jesus. The wise men each presented a “special” gift; gold, frankincense, and myrrh.                             I give great thought each year for only one “special” gift to be given to each of my immediate family. …

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God Is There For Us

Monday, December 21, 2020 by Robert & Phyllis Willits Just as the sun was peering over the horizon in the eastern sky on the last day of October, I watched a squirrel hurrying across the lawn with a huge nut in his mouth. He stopped abruptly, dropped it at an exact planned spot, and dug …

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I Wasn’t Prepared For This

Sunday, December 20, 2020 by Dan Lynch Those who have switched jobs can understand the nervousness that comes with this life choice. Different surroundings, different responsibilities, and different co-workers can seem a little overwhelming at first. When I left the high school classroom to become an elementary principal, I felt that uncertainty, but thought, “Hey, …

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Feeling God’s Hope Through His People

Saturday, December 19, 2020 by Joel Osborne “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” ~ Matthew 11:28 The loss of a loved one is a very traumatic and heartbreaking experience.  Rev. Mike was there for my sons and me during my wife’s illness, and after her …

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Prayers Aren’t Always Answered Right Away

Friday, December 18, 2020 by Elva Gilkerson   “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” ~ Hebrews 11:1 After a divorce many years ago, I was very lonely, and was working 60+ hours a week just to keep busy. I prayed unceasingly that God …

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There’s Always Room For One More

Thursday, December 17, 2020 by Bernita Moore I remember, as a small child, watching all of the people at our big dinner table. At that time there were usually 10 or more at home for evening meals. (Cooks: that’s a peck of potatoes.) When there were enough guests, the table was extended. Our traditional Christmas …

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